Downtown film series gaining popularity

ENCINITAS — As part of the Cottonwood Creek Environmental Film Series, the Downtown Encinitas MainStreet Association hosted a free screening of “Wherever You Want to Go” at Pacific Station’s underground parking structure, May 26. The documentary, a first release for BMW Documentaries, aims to take audiences to a place they have truly never been — to the future.
From the minds of some of the most influential scientists, academics, pioneers and entrepreneurs of our time, this four-part documentary paints a unique picture of technology, culture, cities; our past, present and how it all relates to the future of mobility.
“I loved the snippets of what we can do if we put our minds to it,” said Jan Solis, an Oceanside resident.
Downtown Encinitas Mainstreet Association Executive Director Dody Crawford was one of over 100 people who attended the event. “It was a huge amount of electric vehicles in one place,” she said. But the film was about more than just cars. “It was really about making the world what we want it to be,” Crawford said. “It can become anything we can imagine.”
The alternative transportation showcase featured over 30 vehicles including the new Nissan Leaf and Toyota RAV-4EV. Carris Rhodes, program assistant at the association, said the alternative vehicle and electric car participants are very enthusiastic about their modes of transportation.
A discussion of the future of transportation and infrastructure followed. “The panel discussion was very interesting,” Rhodes said. “People are enjoying it (the film series) immensely. I can see it becoming part of the fabric of our downtown.”
The final screening of the series, “Urban Roots”, will be June 23. The film tells the story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally-grown farmed food in a city where people have found themselves cut off from natural foods and limited to fast food chains, mini-marts and grocery stores stocked with processed food from thousands of miles away.
“The people of Detroit have taken on the enormous task of changing this for themselves,” according to the film’s producers. “To understand their story is to understand how we can change it for us all.”
For more information, visit encinitas101.com or call (760) 943-1950.

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